May 13, 2022 Devotional Bible Study

May 13, 2022
Eastertide

Today’s Readings: 


Invocation

O Lord, open our lips 

      and our mouth shall proclaim your praise. 

In your resurrection, O Christ, 

      let heaven and earth rejoice. 

      Alleluia.

In your unfailing love, O Lord, you lead the people whom you have redeemed. Alleluia.

Morning Prayers

Rejoicing in God’s new creation, let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us…

Our Father, who art in heaven,

    hallowed be thy Name,

    thy kingdom come,

    thy will be done,

        on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

    as we forgive those

        who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation,

    but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom,

    and the power, and the glory,

    for ever and ever. Amen.

Lord, in your mercy 

      hear our prayer. 

Lord, hear us. 

      Lord, graciously hear us.

To our souls what is good and profitable, and to the world peace, 

      Grant us, O Lord. [1]

VOUCHSAFE, O GRACIOUS GOD, to me and to those for whom I pray such blessings as we need, both temporal and spiritual. I ask in the Name and through the merits of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. [2]

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen. 

Alleluia!

Hymn

“On earth has dawned this day of days”

(1982 Hymnal # 201)

By Nikolaus Hermann, 1480?-1561

Short Verse

Come, let us bow down, and bend the knee,* and kneel before the LORD our Maker. For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture and the sheep of his hand.* Oh, that today you would hearken to his voice! 

Psalm 95:6–7

Morning Reading

Daniel 7:13-14, An everlasting dominion is given

13 “In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man,[a] coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into his presence. 14 He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all nations and peoples of every language worshiped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed.

Morning Lesson

One like a son of man

In v. 13 Daniel says, I saw one like a human being coming with the clouds of heaven. The words with the clouds indicates that the one like a human being is of “different origin from the beasts, which came from the sea… Daniel uses comparison as he did with the first three beasts earlier in the vision (‘like,’ vv 4–6). There is something special about this figure, however. This vision describes the commissioning of the Christ as our Lord and Savior… introduced at the court of the Ancient of Days (vv 9–10).” [3] “In contrast to the beasts whose dominion was taken away (v 12), the Ancient of Days invested the ‘one like a son of man’ with an everlasting reign (v. 14).” [4]

“Daniel sees ‘one like a son of man,’ coming with the clouds of heaven, who is given eternal rule over the whole earth. We recognize that this King is Jesus, fully divine and fully human, Son of Mary and Son of the Most High, whose kingdom will never end ( \Lk 1:32–33). May we ever ‘live under Him in His kingdom and serve Him’… Jesus, my King, rule me body and soul as You know best. Amen.” [5]


Lord, in your mercy 

      hear our prayer. 

Lord, hear us. 

      Lord, graciously hear us.

Midday Prayers

The Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty,

    maker of heaven and earth;

And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord;

    who was conceived by the Holy Ghost,

    born of the Virgin Mary,

    suffered under Pontius Pilate,

    was crucified, dead, and buried.

    He descended into hell.

    The third day he rose again from the dead.

    He ascended into heaven,

    and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father almighty.

    From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Ghost,

    the holy catholic Church,

    the communion of saints,

    the forgiveness of sins,

    the resurrection of the body,

    and the life everlasting. Amen.

For Social Service

O Lord our heavenly Father, whose blessed Son came not to be ministered unto but to minister: Bless, we beseech thee, all who, following in his steps, give themselves to the service of others; that with wisdom, patience, and courage, they may minister in his name to the suffering, the friendless, and the needy; for the love of him who laid down his life for us, the same thy Son our Savior Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. [6]

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen. 

Alleluia!

Short Verse

My eyes are fixed on you, O my Strength;* for you, O God, are my stronghold. 

Psalm 59:10

The Pentecost depicted in a 14th-century Missal

Midday Meditation

The Fourteenth Station Of The Resurrection: The Day Of Pentecost 

(From St. Augustine’s Prayer Book [7])

Reading: Acts 2:1-14

When the Day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability. 

Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of thy faithful people, alleluia. 

And kindle in them the fire of your love, alleluia. 

This 1472 map of Jerusalem notes the place of the Pentecost, Ubi apostoli acceperunt spiritum sanctum, at the location of the Cenacle. (Wikipedia)
LET US PRAY. 

We give you thanks, Lord Jesus, that you have conquered death and that you call us to new life; grant us the outpouring of your Spirit, that in our own day and each in our own language, we may declare your mighty works to all people. Amen. 

O come, Creator Spirit, come 

And make within our souls your home. 

Come with your grace and heavenly aid 

To fill the hearts which you have made 

So make our great Creator known, 

Teach us th’ eternal Christ to own, 

While we with all the saints above, 

Acknowledge You, the bond of love.

O Lord of all, with us abide In this our joyful Eastertide; 

From every weapon death can wield 

Thine own redeemed forever shield. 

All praise be Thine, O risen Lord, 

From death to endless life restored; 

All praise to God the Father be 

And Holy Ghost eternally. Amen.


Lord, in your mercy 

      hear our prayer. 

Lord, hear us. 

      Lord, graciously hear us.

Eventide Prayer

At Night.

Lord, remember Thy promise unto Thy servant, wherein Thou hast caused me to put my trust; that Thy statutes may be my songs in the house of my pilgrimage; and that I may remember Thy Name in the night-season. Amen.

  • William Laud, Abp of Canterbury and Martyr [8]

Short Verse

Behold, God is my helper;* it is the Lord who sustains my life. 

Psalm 54:4

Eventide Reading

Revelation 11:15, God’s reign at the end of time

15 Then the seventh angel blew his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, saying,

“The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord

    and of his Messiah,[a]

and he will reign forever and ever.”

Eventide Lesson

This is the mystery of mysteries

“These heavenly voices, which introduce an interlude with the scene shifting back to heaven, provide for us the pivotal verse of the whole of Revelation. Once again (as in 10:5-7) the proclamation is made that the fullness of time has arrived: the kingdoms of this world are subject to the Kingdom of God. This is the mystery of mysteries alluded to in 10:7, which our Lord Himself mentioned, as recorded in Jn 12:31: the judgment of the world and the casting out of Satan is effected by the crucifixion. The voices state this has already occurred once and for all, at Calvary. Up to this point, Revelation has recorded only the prelude to God’s judgment. From now on, the book records the judgment of God in all its power.” [9]

Concluding Prayer of the Church

Be our light in the darkness, O Lord, and in your great mercy defend us from all perils and dangers of this night; for the love of your only Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen. [10]

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen. 

Alleluia!


Citations:

[1] Andrewes, Lancelot. The Private Devotions and Manual for the Sick of Launcelot Andrews (Kindle ed., p. 212). Kindle Edition. 

[2] Cobb, D., & Olsen, D. A. (2014). Saint Augustine’s prayer book: A book of devotions (Kindle ed., p. 37). Cincinnati, OH: Forward Movement.

[3] A., E. E. (2016). Daniel. In The Lutheran study Bible: English standard version (Kindle ed., pp. 5812). Saint Louis: Concordia Publishing House.

[4] Ibid. 3

[5] Ibid. 3

[6] Episcopal Church. (1979). Collects. In The Book of common prayer: And administration of the sacraments, and other rites and ceremonies of the church, according to the use of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America: Together with the psalter, or, Psalms of David (pp. 209). New York, NY: Church Publishing Incorporated.

[7] Cobb, D., & Olsen, D. A. (2014). Saint Augustine’s prayer book: A book of devotions (Kindle ed., p. 228-229). Cincinnati, OH: Forward Movement.

[8] LAUD, W. (1855). Friday Compline: At Night, If Thou Wakest. In The Private Devotions of Dr. William Laud, Archbishop of Canterbury and Martyr (Ebook ed., p. 63). London and Oxford: John Henry & Jas. Parker.

[9] Academic Community of St. Athanasius Academy of Orthodox Theology (2008). Revelation. In The Orthodox study Bible (p. 1761). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson.

[10] Episcopal Church. (1979). Daily Office. In The Book of common prayer: And administration of the sacraments, and other rites and ceremonies of the church, according to the use of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America: Together with the psalter, or, Psalms of David (pp. 133). New York, NY: Church Publishing Incorporated.

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